…And sometimes we study plants! (a five-week unit study)

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As homeschoolers, we study a lot of things, I mean A LOT!

Mathematics, reading, phonics, language arts, science, history, social studies, foreign language, creative writing, poetry, folk tales, art, music, multi-cultural studies, geography, Bible…and so much more in no specific order!

…and sometimes we study plants!

If you want in on how we did it this year keep reading!! ūüėČ

Our Plant Study was divided into a five-week unit.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the entire five-week unit, we’d watch a portion of the documentary: What Plants Talk About¬†(runtime: 52 minutes).

Week 1: Parts of a Plant

Lesson: 

Investigate:

Make and Do:

Watch:

  • The Magic School Bus Gets Planted (on Netflix – S3, Ep.10)

Read:

  • Plant¬†(DK Eyewitness Books) by David Burnie
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Planted: A Book About Photosynthesis by Bob Ostrom

Week 2: Plants as Food

Lesson: African American Spotlight – George Washington Carver (GWG)

  • Use this GWG write up¬†(**use this at your own discretion as it is very in-depth)
  • Read:¬†In the Garden with Dr. Carver¬†by Susan Grigsby

Investigate:

  • Try this super easy and fun¬†Lima Bean Experiment
  • Use the¬†Scientific Method¬†to record results from the experiment (see 2-90 & 2-91 from Scientific Method link)
  • Review some of the 300 uses for the peanut that GWG found (see 2-85 & 2-86 from Scientific Method link)

Make and Do:

  • Make a scrap book of GWG’s inventions and uses for peanuts from cut up magazine pictures
  • Word puzzle (see 2-88 from Scientific Method link)
  • Plant your own garden
    • Refer to Get Growing!: Exciting Indoor Plant Projects for Kids¬†by Lois Walker

Watch:

  • The Who Was? Show – Genghis Khan and George Washington Carver on Netflix (S1, Ep.10; NOTE: @9:17 the word “hell” is said)

Read:

  • Garden to Table: A Kid‚Äôs Guide to Planting, Growing and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel
  • Corduroy‚Äôs Garden by Alison Inches

Week 3: Seeds & Reproduction

Lesson:

  • African Spotlight:¬†Wangari Maathi
    • The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Pre’vot
    • Planting the Trees of Kenya: the Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola
    • Kenya by Michael Burgan
  • Discuss conservation and read: Conservation and You by Nicholas Faulkner

Investigate:

Make & Do:

  • Parts of a Seed¬†worksheet
  • Make journal observations about seed dissection
  • Celebrate Wild Flower Week at your own pace! Do as much or as little as you’d like.

Watch:

  • The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed (on Netflix S1, Ep.11)

This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

Read:

  • The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: All About How Living Things Grow by Joanna Cole
  • Oh Say Can You Say Seed by Bonnie Worth
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by E. Nesbit

Week 4: Poisonous vs. Medicinal vs. Edible Plants

Lesson:

Investigate:

Make & Do:

Watch:

Poison Plants Revolutionize Medicine

Read:

  • Plants Bite Back by Richard Platt
  • Fancy Nancy…Poison Ivy Expert by Jane O’Connor
  • A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Steven Foster

Week 5: Weird and Wonderful Plants

Lesson:

Investigate:

Make & Do:

Watch:

Carnivorous Plants

The Corpse Flower: Behind the Stink – NatGeo

Read:

  • Corpse Flowers Smell Nasty! by Tayler Cole
  • Sundew Stranglers: Plants that Eat Insects by Jerome Wexler
  • Redwoods by Jason Chin
  • Giant Sequoia Trees by Ginger Wadsworth
  • Hungry Plants (Step-into-Reading, Step 4) by Mary Batten

** Its important to note that you have the freedom to do as much or as¬†little of this unit as you¬†would¬†like. That’s the beauty of homeschooling! Believe it or not, I wasn’t able to get to everything I planned for this unit either. Sometimes I can be an “over achiever”! Lol¬†Overall, my hope is to¬†expose my kids to a diverse enough spread, that they will eventually “bite” with¬†something. I figure we can always circle back to finish an¬†interesting topic or we can linger a bit longer if something sparks our interest.**¬†

What’s most important is that you have fun!¬†

Oh and if you can swing it, its not too late to attend the The Philadelphia Flower Show! It ends this Sunday, March 10th! 

Thanks for reading, until next time friends!

Blessings,

Courtney